In 1998, a group of students from the École Polytechnique in Montreal come together to give birth to a technical society of solar vehicle. Inspired by the cartoon "The cities of gold," the team christened the project under the name Esteban, the sun child. They work for four years to produce the first solar car prototype from École Polytechnique of Montreal, Esteban I.
This car part in qualifying for the American Solar Challenge in July 2001, but unfortunately failed to complete the necessary tricks to ensure a place on the start line due to electrical problems.
Never mind, it was not the end of the project so far. Once the school year in September 2001, the committee recruited new members in order to prepare the second prototype, Esteban II.